Jordan David Allen

Apr 5, 2021

14 min read

Donald Trump: The Origin Story of an American Actor, Part 1

Photo: Maribel, Wisconsin. 2011. Jordan David Allen.

All four of my grandparents, born in the 1930s, grew up very different than I. In different parts of Wisconsin, all of them grew up materially poor. They were not the only American families struggling at this moment in our history. Their earliest childhood memories took place in the context of the Great Depression, and then World War II. The adults raising them didn’t laugh or smile much…